Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

Do you love working with computer technology in the context of organizations? With this major, you can concentrate on both technology and business.

About

Computer information systems focuses on the application of computing for business and management purposes. Not only do our students learn to configure and develop software applications that are critical to the success of organizations today, they also strengthen their team, writing and presentation skills.The major combines technology and business.

Why Computer Information Systems is in Demand:

The worlds of business and technology are becoming more intertwined every day, which means the demand for computer information systems majors continues to grow in these intersecting disciplines.

  • Computer and information sciences is listed as the second most in-demand major today. (Source: CareerBuilder.com)
  • Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.  Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Tech-savvy?
  • Interested in business and organizational issues?
  • A lifelong learner?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Computer Information Systems

1.
High placement rates.   Graduates have success in securing relevant jobs at good starting salaries.
2.
Dedicated faculty.   Professors have significant tenures in the department and continue to expand their knowledge in this fast-changing field. Students also benefit from classes with outstanding business faculty members.
3.
Hands-on projects.   All seniors complete software development projects with faculty mentors.
4.
Jesuit education.   Academic excellence, liberal arts tradition, commitment to service, social justice and focus on the individual are all facets of a Jesuit education that benefit computer information systems students.
5.
State of the art facilities.   The Computing Sciences Department offices and labs are located on the first floor of the Loyola Science Center. Fully networked systems are accessible from on-campus and off.
  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    • Develop software applications
    • Solve problems with creativity and practicality
    • Analyze and understand organizational challenges and opportunities
    • Stay abreast of emerging technology and its uses

    In addition to developing software, our students strengthen their team, writing and presentation skills. In our project capstone class, for example, students are required to give three oral presentations. This experience is a big selling point in job interviews.

    - Richard Plishka,
    Associate Professor and Department Chair

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    Students majoring in computer information systems take many parallel classes with computer science majors. These courses give students a background that enables them to configure and develop software applications. Majors take accounting, management, marketing and electives to enable them to master the business portion of the discipline.

    Click here to see the curriculum.

    A student may choose to stay at Scranton for one additional year to earn an MBA through The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management. More information can be found here.

    Hands-on learning

    The senior capstone course gives students a great opportunity to develop meaningful software products that demonstrate their expertise.

    • One senior developed a software interface for a patent-pending system for a local business.
    • Another student developed an app that provides hikers on the Appalachian Trail with information about food and water locations. 
  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Computer information systems students and professionals have ongoing opportunities to contribute greatly to society through more efficient business management and problem-solving technology.

    Students are encouraged to do internships for academic experience and credit, providing opportunities to help companies in which they are placed. In addition, faculty-sponsored research opportunities give students a taste of how their work can result in technological advancements.

    With the Jesuit emphasis on service, each Scranton student is inspired by the challenge and responsibility to make a difference in the world.

Careers

Where will Computer Information Systems Take Me?

Students enter the workplace armed with practical skills and experience. 

Here are some examples of employment possibilities:

  • Computer systems analysts
  • Information systems managers
  • Business application developers

Top Graduate Schools

Students are well prepared to pursue graduate study in computer or business fields.

Often students continue at The University of Scranton and pursue an MBA or MS in software engineering.

Other alumni have completed advanced degrees at

  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Harvard
  • Penn
  • UConn
  • Drexel
  • Iowa State
  • Lehigh
  • Rensselaer
  • UMass
  • Yale

Leading Employers:

You’ll find Scranton graduates working in a wide range of companies and organizations, including:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Metropolitan Life
  • Prudential

Our graduates are well prepared for challenging careers. One recent alumnus was offered a position in a bank in NYC. He told us his employer ‘couldn't believe’ what he could do with software.

- Richard Plishka,
Associate Professor and Department Chair

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

The skills of Scranton computer information systems majors rise above those at similar programs in other universities. Graduates not only know how to use programs, but also develop software and understand the functions of the programs. 

The valuable experiences of the senior projects allow students to show prospective employers examples of their expertise in action. And, due to strong faculty/student interaction, faculty members provide meaningful, customized letters of recommendation for job seeking and advanced degree seeking graduates.

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Computing Sciences Department
(570) 941-7774
cmps@cs.scranton.edu